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World Peace Day observed with 'Painting For Peace India-Pakistan-Afghanistan'

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New Delhi: At 11 am IST at Nehru Park, New Delhi, which is situated in the diplomatic area surrounded by embassies of many countries, a group of youths gathered on 21st September 2013 to observe World Peace Day through paintings/ sketching on the theme "Painting for Peace (India-Pakistan-Afghanistan)". This was a culminating program of the week-long Tree for Harmony campaign, an annual initiative of India-based organization Mission Bhartiyam. This painting for Peace-India-Pakistan-Afghanistan was done in collaboration with The catalyst and Xeebiz International, two organisations based in Pakistan.

Tree for Harmony is a campaign where Peace and Environment were clubbed together and tried to symbolize a Tree as a strong symbol of harmony. "Under this initiative the symbolic 'Harmony Tree' is planted and people are encouraged to do so. Along with that, a discussion is also organised or a medium like painting/ essay competition is used to spread awareness as well as thinking initiated on cause for Peace or/and Environment", remarked Ms. Devika Mittal, one of the organizers.

The programme began with a small discussion on environment and some issues or causes for harmony. There was a discussion on the theme of the programme i.e. peace for India-Pakistan-Afghanistan.

Moenam Hossain, a postgraduate student of Sociology at South Asian University, talked about the scenario in his country, Bangladesh. He highlighted the problem of communal tensions in the country.

Rohit Bhardwaj, an architect by profession, talked about the need to think about environment during designing and construction of buildings.

The discussion was followed by the expression on the sheets.

Dilmeet Singh, a student of architecture, through his art asked that when God made us all equal, why do we create difference? Why is there a hierarchy of superiority and inferiority? Why are some lives considered to be less precious than others?

There were several paintings on borders acting as barriers for peace and prosperity.

Ravi Nitesh, founder of Mission Bhartiyam and engineer by profession, in his work remarked that peace cannot be produced out of the barrel of a gun.

In the programme, the paintings on Indo-pak peace made by school students for the annual Indo-Pak peace calendar were also exhibited.
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